Funding For Roslyn Projects


Levitt Park in Roslyn Heights is one of the several Roslyn area projects that are recipients of Capital Plan funding from the Town of North Hempstead.

Last week, the town board approved authorization for 30 bond resolutions bonding for the town’s 2015-19 Capital Plan.

According to town officials, Levitt Park will receive $11.387 million in funding. The project, town officials said, includes engineering renovation, reconstruction and repair of the facilities. This includes tennis court resurfacing and new fencing, reconstruction of the pool with Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) access, pump house renovation with lifeguard station, family restroom, pool managers office, employee room and storage, bath house and club house, basketball court and playground, food court deck area, irrigation installation, equipment shed and general landscaping.

The funding is the culmination of a decade-long effort to rehabilitate the land area at the former Roslyn Country Club. Roslyn Heights residents hope that the park will have the same positive effect on their village as The Park At East Hills has for East Hills.

Other funding projects for the Roslyn area include:

• Gerry Pond Park. The park, named for Roger and Peggy Gerry, the Roslyn couple who spearheaded the village’s historic preservation movement, will receive overall improvements and reconstruction, including the addition of passive recreation areas, new plantings and the removal of sediments from the pond. The $5 million project, town officials said, will almost be entirely paid for through grants. The Mackey Horse statue in Roslyn Pond Park will get $71,000 worth of improvements that will include landscaping, construction of pathways and the installation of a snow fence. It is being financed by a Nassau County Community Revitalization grant.

Town officials also said that there will be a $9 million improvement project for water quality improvements to Gerry Park and its ponds. Three ponds are connected via stream within the park and the intent is to treat storm water runoff and improve water quality, enhance wildlife habitat and add passive recreational opportunity. The estimated maximum cost is $5 million for Phase I & II, $4 million for Phase III, with grant money reimbursing $4.9 million and FEMA funding reimbursing another $1 million for the project.

• Roslyn Train Station. This $400,000 project, town officials said, will include the resurfacing of the asphalt parking lot, replacement of the parking lot lighting and miscellaneous curb and sidewalk work.

• Clark Botanic Garden. This funding, town officials added, is for the construction of a 4,200-square foot greenhouse with two separate sections for warm and cold climate controls. Total costs for the project is $500,000, with $250,000 being reimbursed through a grant. Other projects slated for Clark Garden include a $500,000 project for the replacement of parking lot and walkways to make them environmentally friendly and also ADA compliant. There will also be a $365,000 roof replacement project for Clark House.

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Joe Scotchie is the editor of both The Roslyn News and New Hyde Park Illustrated News. In 2009, he won a New York State Press Association award for a sports feature. Joseph Scotchie’s past publications include biographies of Thomas Wolfe and Richard Weaver and a comprehensive history of the city of Asheville, North Carolina.


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